One to Watch #50: David Amoo

Last updated : 14 June 2010 By Dan Buxton


Name: David Amoo

Date of Birth: 30th August 1991

Position: Striker/Winger

Club: Liverpool

Previous clubs: Millwall

Converted winger Amoo joined Liverpool as a 16 year old and immediately made an impression. After starting out his Liverpool career as a striker he was moved to the right wing.

He was a sought after signature by many top Premier League clubs as a youngster but the player opted to move north from London to Liverpool to be part of a vastly improving youth academy. The move has so far paid off for the winger, as in his first season he scored twelve goals, helping Liverpool to their third FA Youth Cup final in four years.

He had two significant moments during the 2008/9 campaign: he scored the only goal at Anfield against Chelsea’s under 18s to help Liverpool reach the quarter final of the competition, and produced a great run at the Emirates to provide a goal for Alex Kacaniklic in the two legged defeat to Arsenal in the final

The most notable attribute to Amoo’s game is his exceptional pace. It is no surprise he has represented London as a sprinter in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships, and he relies on it to make blistering runs from the right hand-side. On his day he can be unstoppable against opposition defences making him a very exciting player to watch. He has all the requirements to become an accomplished winger: he has strength, pace and a dribbling ability which gives a directness about his play. It gives him the ability to ghost past full backs to put in crosses and get himself into troubling positions in the opponent’s penalty box

During the summer he was elavated to the reserves team where he has become a fixture in the side. The step up in level has certainly provided him with an additional challenge yet it is one that he has overcome with a certain degree of ease.

What he lacks at this stage is the maturity to know which option he should take during games. But that is something that comes from experience; the important thing at the moment is for him to keep on progressing and striving to improve. If he does that, then there is little doubt that he will eventually make it to the Premiership.